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November 22, 2017
HARLOW: Very clear. Kaitlan Collins, thank you, in Montgomery, Alabama.
With us now, CNN political analyst, Jackie Kucinich, CNN political commentator, Ed Martin, and former policy director for former first lady, Michelle Obama, now a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Maryland, Krish Vignarajah. It is nice to have you all here. Jackie, welcome back. It’s so good to have you back.
HARLOW: Krishna, to you, you’re running for governor in Maryland, you worked in the White House with the former first lady and part of your platform that you worked with actress Ashley Judd on is changing the way these state agencies work. Making a new state agency to deal with sexual harassment, arguing that fundamentally, the system is broken. What is the societal impact? OK, you heard Ed’s point. What is the societal impact, though, of not believing these women and using words like the president used yesterday, this was 40 years ago.
KRISH VIGNARAJAH (D), MARYLAND GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE: I think it’s incredibly problematic. I mean, the sad reality is that we have had a silent epidemic from the Hill to Hollywood, from, you know, board rooms to newsrooms to classrooms. And, you know, in some ways, we’ve made progress in the sense that if Anita Hill happened today, Clarence Thomas wouldn’t be on the Supreme Court. But the fact that women have across the country and in Maryland said enough, have come out and spoken out against perpetrators, and that they’re being, you know, ridiculed and attacked. I think reflects the fact that, you know, we still have a ways to go.
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